WEEKLY COLUMN

Commentary: How Close is too Close for Sex Offenders and Cell Towers

Posted on: 06/04/2018 00:00

Are you okay with a registered sex offender living down the street from your family? What about if the cell phone coverage in your community is spotty? Would it bother you if there was a need to call the police or an ambulance and you had no cell phone reception?

Guess what, there are register sex offenders living in the West Ranch and SCV area and there is spotty cell phone reception in the community as well. There are websites that will tell you where the registered sex offenders live but there are not website that tell you where the dead spots are in our neighborhoods. Certainly we all have experienced enough dropped calls in our community that we can tell exactly where the dead zones are for our cell phones.

The questions is; what can we as residents do about all this? Well, the registered sex offenders are in the community and if they are following the law, then they are living where state law says they can and if that is next door or down your street—so be it. If you don’t like it, change the laws.

But, for improved cell phone reception, there is plenty we can do. The West Ranch Town Council will be meeting on Wednesday, June 6th at 6:30 PM at the Stevenson Ranch Library to discuss improving the cell phone coverage in the community with representatives from AT&T. The goal is to improve cell phone reception so 100% of the community is covered. This will address the life and safety issues that will arise during the next community emergency whether it be a fire, major earthquake, or a sex offender on the rampage. Residents will have cell phone reception no matter where they live in the west side communities and will be able to summon help.

Yes, adding enough cell phone towers to give complete coverage to the entire community is the goal. This will also allow residents to get rid of their landlines like so many are doing these days. It’s all about cord cutting and reducing unnecessary expenses.

I’d much rather have cell towers and improved cell reception than registered sex offenders living in the community. Wouldn’t you?

Dave Bossert—commentary

Dave Bossert is a community volunteer who serves on a number of boards and councils. He is an award winning artist, filmmaker, and author of several books. His commentaries represent his own opinions and not necessarily the views of any organization he may be affiliated with or those of The SCV Beacon.

 


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